North Dakota voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception. A similar so-called personhood amendment was defeated in Colorado as well.
Voters across the country will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to accept or reject 146 ballot measures, many revolving around polarizing issues that have yet to be addressed on the national level, and some representing the political priorities of far-right legislators in deep-red states.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I speak to an activist fighting against a “personhood” amendment on Tuesday’s ballots in North Dakota. In another segment, I discuss how Fox News has been really down on single women voters, and Colorado is facing the third iteration of a “personhood” ballot initiative.
In which I scare you into voting.
The amendments in Colorado and North Dakota giving legal rights to fetuses would leave people seeking in vitro fertilization in the dust.
North Dakota voters will decide on Election Day whether to add an amendment to the state constitution defining life as beginning at conception. While the debate surrounding so-called personhood amendments often takes the form of competing ideological and political differences, the human impact is often omitted, or wildly distorted.
The ruling means a 2011 law that bans off-label use of abortion-inducting medications can take effect immediately.
Anti-choice ballot initiatives in Colorado and Tennessee have gained national headlines, but a ballot initiative in North Dakota that would have significant consequences for women’s reproductive rights has gotten far less attention.
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry details the anti-abortion ballot initiatives appearing in Colorado, North Dakota, and Tennessee this November. [via MSNBC]
Republicans continue to grapple with ways to attract more women voters, even in reliably conservative states.